Housing Element

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City of San Luis Obispo's Housing Element

Housing Element is an element of the City’s General Plan and is the only element that must be updated on a set schedule and then certified by the State. The City does not construct housing but is required by the State to plan to demonstrate that it can accommodate a specific number of units that meet specific income categories within a specific time frame – our Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA).

Upcoming Public Outreach

Open House Public Workshop: Drop in and provide views on housing opportunities, issues and needs in the community

When: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: City/County library community room, located at 995 Palm Street, at the corner of Palm Street and Osos Street

***Can't make the Public Workshop...provide your thoughts online!***

Housing Element Update

The City is starting a new Housing Element update, which is due for completion by December 2020. The update process is a tool to modify housing policies and programs to reflect the changing needs, resources and conditions in the community, and to respond to changes in state and federal housing law.

Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) – 6th Cycle, 2020-2028

  • RHNA is produced by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and identifies the projected housing needs in the region as part of the periodic updating of local Housing Elements of the General Plan.
  • The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) is responsible for working with the State mandated RHNA and distributing the allocation between the cities and the unincorporated county.
  • HCD finalized its RHNA allocation determination for the San Luis Obispo region at 10,810 units for the 10-year production period (December 31, 2018 to December 31, 2028).
  • The number of housing units allocated to San Luis Obispo has been identified as 3,354.
  • It appears that the City can accommodate this allocation based on existing land use capacity but will be further analyzed in the update of the Housing Element.